FG Warns Nigerians Against Fake ‘Black Friday’ Online Sales

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians to be careful with online discount promotions to avoid being scammed of their money.

The warning came through a statement issued Mr. Babatunde Irukera, the Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Office of the eral Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

According to the FCCPC, there is a credible intelligence indicating that the popular sales promotion, “Black Friday” may be abused and used to scam unsuspecting public.

Some popular online stores like Jumia, Konga among others sell heavily discount products on “Black Fridays.”

The statement reads:

“The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has received credible intelligence that the customary seasonal sales at deep discount on a specific Friday, otherwise known as “Black Friday”, may witness an increase of fake online stores by 135%, including scams, misrepresentation and other exploitative conduct  This information is corroborated by publicly available reports such as Netcraft.

“The Commission advises consumers to be vigilant and discerning in this period and to demand and insist on their rights, particularly with respect to full and transparent disclosures.

“Consumers should only patronise trusted and credible platforms and exercise caution to avoid being victims of fraud and other exploitation.”  

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